Extension on the way for Shanballymore NS


Extension on the way for Shanballymore NS

Shanballymore National School is set to expand in the near future, with grant approval being given for the addition of a new classroom and renovations to the school hall.

Friday, 15 March 2013
12:00 AM GMT

Shanballymore National School will be adding on an extension in the form of a new classroom as well as renovating their school hall in the coming months, following the appointment of Jakki Harrington as the school's fifth teacher in September of last year.

Principal, Michael O'Sullivan explained that they recently received a grant for a new permanent classroom and that as a building consultant and project designer are being currently appointed, plans will be finalised in a few weeks and once planning permission is granted, works will begin immediately.

"The new room will be positioned in the staff car to the front of the existing new building. This site has recently been resurfaced and lends itself well to the project."

The school have also received additional funding to renovate the school hall, which was built as the orginal school in 1843.

"The new school building was constructed in 1986 and is interlinked into the former school. The back wall of the hall now requires external plastering and internal insulation."

Mr O'Sullivan added that work on both the school hall and extension is expected to be completed by September, which will coincide with the 170-year anniversary of the school in the village.

In order to defray the costs of finishing the building, the school have also set up a committee to organise fundraising events. The first of these will be a 'Who Wants to be a Thousandaire?' quiz show, in late May or early June. "We are appealing to all those living in the community and those past pupils that may have moved out of the area to support our fundraising efforts. If you would like to get involved in this committee, we would love to hear from you."

For more information contact Michael O’Sullivan on 022 25611.

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